Commentary by H.G. Listiak
Removing Historical Plaques
Welcome to my world, where apparently the A.C.L.U. is running low on issues. Now we've got these over zealous defenders of liberty attacking religious plaques at the Grand Canyon, the "Ohh" and "Ahh" capital of our state. The park people have removed religious plaques that have been there for thirty years on park service land and now they want to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza near our state's capital. It's part of their national campaign to get God out of our government and our history. Wait until they get to our money! I'm not very religious, and I've probably violated several of the commandments, but we have history involved as well. That monument has been there for four decades. Agree or not, the churches involved are part of our history. I don't find them any more scary than Hari Krishna at an airport, or a televangelist on TV, or the Grand Canyon formations that share the names of Hindu gods…Islamic fundamentalists make me nervous, but that's about it. I am however bothered that the A.C.L.U. doesn't want Americans to look at various religions just for an experience. The first 17 words in the first amendment of the Constitution, as ratified in 1791, read, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". This is a two-edged sword my friends, and the A.C.L.U. tries to use both. We are Americans. Are we so shallow and afraid of each other's beliefs that we must censor them? Are we so damn paranoid that we are offended by the first 17 words of the Bill of Rights? I don't think we are, but I think the zealots at the A.C.L.U. are. Then again if they didn't pick nits they'd be out of a job. The A.C.L.U., with its painted altruism, insults American intellect. As I see it they have no idea of the depth and tolerance of the American people. I'm H.G. Listiak.